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mie

I saw hotaru no haka a long time ago...I remember it vividly.

There is a long list of that type of heart-wrentching dramatization about the war. I think we all grow up constantly hearing how hard it was 'back then.'

But regarding the war, we gotta keep in mind the whole victim narrative issue. The story does represent real suffering that many Japanese experienced. But when you think of the context - the Pacific War (vs. WWII), how Japan's responsibility was and continues to be blatantly ignored and supressed, how victims of Japan's crimes have a much lesser voice...I just can't sit and watch such movies in ease. No one should have experienced any part of that war, but what am I supposed to feel when Koizumi goes to Yasukuni Shrine and symbolically pays respect to some very ugly war criminals DESPITE clear protests from China and Korea (and the few enlightened politicians here). That makes me sick.

Eric Sor-Lim

I saw this movie not long ago this school year in my Japanese class, and it was terribly sad. There were those who were "in" and those who were left "out." I thought it was sad just to be sad though in my opinion. A little exaggerated, but heh.

Cheez

Sued? ya prolly won get paid!

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